Photos from Venice Beach, California

There are moments when what I feel dictates where I want to be and this past memorial weekend spent in Venice Beach, California hit the spot. It was gritty, loud, urban, grungy and amidst it all, there was beauty, art, and acceptance. 

Originally, the bf and I were going to drive to Santa Barbara. Yes, by the area around Isla Vista where the shooting rampage of a young, deranged misogynist man carried out his “war on women.” We felt lucky we weren’t there but extremely sad for those families who lost a loved one that day. Anyway, I don’t want to get started ranting on that as I already carry so much sadness and anger in my heart. In fact, the whole point of driving somewhere was to release some of these feelings and let go.

When my friend Ana lost her battle with cancer and passed away last March, it was Costa Rica that helped me in my healing journey. She was beautiful, kind and pristine just like the beaches and town of Playa Guinoes.  This time around, I welcomed that grittiness, funky and edgy carnival atmosphere that is Venice Beach. The art walls shouted and the boardwalk filled with the homeless, the skateboarders and hippies were in your face. Within walking distance was the dreamy community along the 16 miles of beautiful canals, the idyllic ground for creative inspiration and artistic pursuits. And just west of Lincoln Blvd, boho-chic shops peppered with restaurants serving good food and wine lined the historic Abbot Kinney Boulevard.  Yes, just the right ensemble of eclecticism and individualism for my taste and my mood. 

Just a few weeks, ago, I lost a special someone…someone once very important to me. He decided he didn’t want to live anymore so he left this world hastily. I cannot even begin to express the pain, the sadness and the anger I feel. I have no choice but to deal with it internally while continuing to enjoy the life I have with my loved ones right now, right here. 

Here are the photos.  I am starting once again to document life via Project Life Digital Scrapbooking and I will be sharing those more as I get further along. Check these out if you haven't been to this part of California and see if this is something you might want to check out for yourself!

View From The Hotel Erwin Balcony

Venice Adventure

Venice Art Walls - you need a permit to paint otherwise it's vandalism

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Restaurant on Promenade
She sat there the whole time hugging the dog while the rest of her family ate.

She sat there the whole time hugging the dog while the rest of her family ate.

Definitely the vibe for everything yoga, paleo, organic and chic

Restoration Hardware for Baby and Child - My jaw dropped at how dreamy this place was.  The folks at this store didn't allow me to use my big camera: "You can only take pictures with that"  pointing to my iPhone :(

Restoration Hardware for Baby and Child - My jaw dropped at how dreamy this place was.  The folks at this store didn't allow me to use my big camera: "You can only take pictures with that"  pointing to my iPhone :(

At the Santa Monica Farmer's Market

At the Santa Monica Farmer's Market

There's my man - smile honey!

There's my man - smile honey!

There were some interesting characters at the market but they will only allow me to take pictures if I pay them or buy something from their shop...bummer!

Venice Canals. Mr. Abbot Kinney wanted to replicate the Venice Renaissance so he made this idyllic community with all the money he has  from his cigarette manufacturing fortune.

Venice Canals. Mr. Abbot Kinney wanted to replicate the Venice Renaissance so he made this idyllic community with all the money he has  from his cigarette manufacturing fortune.

boat in canal
I so love this open concept living.. For a second, I thought I could move here but then again, what would I do with my kids?  LOL!

I so love this open concept living.. For a second, I thought I could move here but then again, what would I do with my kids?  LOL!

Shop at Abbot Kinney Blvd. Love this boho chic vibe

Shop at Abbot Kinney Blvd. Love this boho chic vibe

Nope...I refuse to smell your armpit!

Nope...I refuse to smell your armpit!

Dinner with friends.  Hmm, I just realized we didn't take pics with our other dinner dates the following evening...oh well...

Dinner with friends.  Hmm, I just realized we didn't take pics with our other dinner dates the following evening...oh well...

Favorite breakfast: Poached eggs and smoked salmon

Favorite breakfast: Poached eggs and smoked salmon

The bf loves to sleep in but I was starving...

The bf loves to sleep in but I was starving...

Barlo could really be a cool place to eat but service sucked!  Too bad food was good :(

Barlo could really be a cool place to eat but service sucked!  Too bad food was good :(

10 PM at Hana Sushi...Yummy toro!

10 PM at Hana Sushi...Yummy toro!

Staring at this while eating my 2 for 1 empanadas

Staring at this while eating my 2 for 1 empanadas

Talk to me about this

Talk to me about this

The world of ticky tacky begins..both the shops and the people

The world of ticky tacky begins..both the shops and the people

I got busted! 

I got busted! 

They biked, and we ran for miles so we can eat later.

They biked, and we ran for miles so we can eat later.

Who wants to workout and show off in public?  Surely, not I.

Who wants to workout and show off in public?  Surely, not I.

Skaters

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Skate park
What is a road trip without a KitKat Bar?

What is a road trip without a KitKat Bar?